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Deutsche Bahn apologizes for forgetting Wolfsburg - again

The Local · 3 Oct 2011, 14:34

Published: 03 Oct 2011 14:34 GMT+02:00

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The train was heading from Munich to Berlin and should have made the stop in the Lower Saxony city at 5:47 p.m. But to the shock of passengers, it continued on its way. Once the driver realized what had happened he halted the train and the passengers were taken back to Wolfsburg at Deutsche Bahn’s expense, ending up being just 30 minutes late.

Still, an embarrassed Deutsche Bahn spokeswoman said the company owed a “huge apology” to inconvenienced customers and offered to refund their fares.

The missed stop wouldn’t be such a big deal if this was not the third time it has happaned, angering passengers and local officials, who have demanded explanations.

After the last incident in June, Deutsche Bahn said the driver had simply forgotten to write down the stop. The company subsequently promised the mayor that it wouldn’t happen again.

But this time the error appears to have arisen because of construction work and shoddy documentation. According to Die Welt newspaper, train drivers have been given special paper directions showing temporary signals and speed limits - but without the Wolfsburg stop.

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Your comments about this article

15:45 October 3, 2011 by AirForceGuy
Kind of scares you doesn't it? They keep missing a scheduled stop.
16:22 October 3, 2011 by Shirazz
Well, wouldn't you do the same if you were the driver? To avoid stopping at Wolf's Berg? Especially on a full moon night? ooooweeeooo
17:50 October 3, 2011 by piatnek
Sounds like union labor.
21:05 October 3, 2011 by William Thirteen
having been to Wolfsburg on more than one occasion, i can assure you, it is quite forgettable...
22:00 October 3, 2011 by wood artist
Umm, it's that city...you know, that place where there are houses and a Bahnhof and stuff like that. Trust me, you can't miss it!

Come on, guys. How tough can this be?

08:16 October 4, 2011 by Heinrich der Zweite
Of course he drove straight through, cos' he has bladder problems and you all know: "Do not flush whilst the train is at a station"
09:00 October 4, 2011 by auniquecorn
comment removed by myself, to save the local from doing it anyway.

but it did feel good to write it in the first place.
13:42 October 4, 2011 by hanskarl
Maybe the engineers all bought VW's made on a Monday of Friday???
03:11 October 11, 2011 by HiFiGuy
Wolfsburg is more of an auto city, anyway.
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